Featured Personality: POLHN focal point for Palau – Sunshine Garcia

Published on: June 27, 2017

“POLHN is a great and innovative way to meet health staff’s needs to upgrade skills and build their capacities.” – Sunshine Garcia, POLHN focal point for Palau   Sunshine Garcia is a medical librarian at Belau National Hospital in Palau. Currently, she is working with POLHN as its focal point for Palau, a position she […]

Progress on Antimicrobial Resistance in the Pacific

Published on: June 19, 2017

Since the discovery of penicillin more than 60 years ago, antimicrobial drugs have been considered the solution to curing all infections, despite not always being used appropriately. This has resulted in antimicrobial resistance.   AMR happens when microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses change and become resistant to the antimicrobials used to treat […]

Featured personality: POLHN focal point for Tonga – Simaima Filiai

Published on: June 13, 2017

“I really believe POLHN is an amazing platform; it holds the key to the future of people in the Pacific and around the world.” – Simaima Filiai, POLHN focal point for Tonga   Simaima Filiai is a health project officer at the Tongan Ministry of Health. She also works with POLHN as its focal point […]

Domestic violence in the Pacific: what can be done

Published on: June 7, 2017

The Pacific has some of the world’s highest rates of domestic violence. In Fiji, 66% of women experience emotional, physical or domestic violence in their lifetime. This is more than twice the global average. In Solomon Islands, one in two women reported violence by their partners. On average, two out of three Pacific island women […]

Featured Personality: POLHN Focal Point for North Fiji – Devina Gaundan

Published on: June 1, 2017

“POLHN has a lot to offer in terms of learning, students only need to dedicate a bit of their time to study. It’s free and easily accessible, so it’s great that students can study at their own pace.” –Devina Gaundan, POLHN focal point   Devina is a senior sister at Labasa Hospital, and has been […]

Tobacco Free Pacific: A goal to make every day World No Tobacco Day

Published on: May 31, 2017

31 May is World No Tobacco Day, which aims to raise awareness about the negative health effects of tobacco and tobacco use, which lead to more than 7 million deaths worldwide, including 600,000 from second-hand smoke.   Two people die every minute in the Western Pacific due to tobacco. Around 450 million people in the […]

Agnes Primary School, Suva, Fiji (WHO)

Overcoming childhood obesity: the importance of physical activity

Published on: May 30, 2017

  The new POLHN course, Physical Activity for Healthy Islands, will be released soon. Read below to find out more about why physical activity is so important for children in the Pacific.    Today, more than 6.2 million children in the Western Pacific are overweight. Childhood obesity is higher than ever before. Children who are overweight or […]

Applications Open: POLHN Sponsorship for FNU courses

Published on: May 28, 2017

SEMESTER 2, 2017 APPLICATIONS OPEN FROM 29 MAY TO 27 JUNE   Each year, POLHN sponsors more than 100 students to complete their postgraduate study through Fiji National University (FNU). This POLHN sponsorship joint initiative between the WHO and FNU has been extremely successful, and hundreds of students have graduated from sponsored units in the past 10 […]

WHO Regional Director: “You should be proud of POLHN”

Published on: May 11, 2017

Last week, WHO Regional Director of the Western Pacific Region, Dr Shin Young-soo, visited Fiji. From Suva to Levuka, visiting POLHN learning centres across the country was one of the main purposes of his visit.   Beginning his POLHN visit at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva, Dr Shin met with high level officials […]

Kiritimati Hospital Workshop and Graduation

Published on: February 1, 2017

At the end of January, 46 health professionals at the Ronton Hospital in Kirimati, Kiribati, underwent a four day training workshop at the POLHN Learning Centre. The purpose of this was to learn about POLHN, the e-learning platform for continued professional development in health.   Kiritimati Hospital Workshop From nursing officers and pharmacists, to lab […]

Viet Nam Study Tour visits POLHN in Fiji

Published on: November 1, 2016

From 24 to 28 October, delegates from Viet Nam’s Ministry of Health, Haiphong University, and WHO visited Fiji to see health e-learning in action. The successful POLHN program has been the inspiration for these experts, who are seeking to improve the quality and coverage of health care in Northern Viet Nam.   Health care in […]

Dedicated e-learning Platform

Published on: July 27, 2016

How Pacific island countries combined forces to create an e-learning platform that builds the skills of doctors and nurses and improves health care Challenge Small  island  developing  States  in  the  Pacific  and  their  remote  island  communities  are  often  enable  to  access  the  highest-quality  health-care  education  and  the  latest  techniques in disease control and treatment. Medical […]

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